When the NBA bug bites, it creates a powerful itch that's nearly impossible to scratch.
No matter the damage caused by Father Time, some players just can't shake the feeling that they still have something to give.
So there they find themselves, former pillars of the sport battling never-were prospects for the chance at one last trip across the hardwood. Admittedly it's painful to watch at sometimes; that forced examination of mortality overtakes those of us who eat, breathe and sleep sports.
But there's an unmistakable beauty at its core.
This isn't about cashing checks or earning top billing at some of the world's greatest venues. This is simply the love of the game, as pure as what you'd find among the hoop dreamers pounding the pavement across the globe.
Players like Mike Bibby for example. Despite having 105 games of postseason experience, he's now joining "a bunch of guys" at a San Antonio Spurs minicamp in hopes of grabbing a training camp invite, per ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling.
Some might laugh at the notion, others may celebrate the news. But a different crowd, myself included, might use this as a springboard into thoughts of who else we'd like to see out on the comeback trail.